I grew up in a house full of books that traveled the world. Nowadays, they’re e-books, and lighter to carry, but they’re still multiplying. I’ve been a biochemist, an activist, and a lawyer, and now work as a foreign aid consultant. When I’m not roaming foreign countries fighting corruption, I’m on the Oregon coast, chatting with seals. In the occasional free moment, I edit Metaphorosis magazine, and work on my own speculative stories of love and disaster.
- Serial comma? Of course. See this.
- Punctuation within quotation marks? Not when you don’t have to. It
only went within the quotes to begin with to make the text look nicer –
there’s no logic to it.
- Ending a sentence with a preposition? Who cares?
- Two spaces after a period? Break the habit. It’s hard, but you just don’t need them.
- Adverbs? Sure, they can be overused. Anything can. But I don’t hold
with the modern fad of abolishing all adverbs all the time. Why refuse
to use a perfectly good part of speech? Adverbs are useful; it’s just a
question of moderation and appropriate use. So, if someone tells you to
cut an adverb, they may be right. If they tell you to cut all the
adverbs, move on to a more thoughtful reviewer.